Forget Becchio, Leeds should re-sign teammate Jonny Howson

Norwich City

Leeds United have been linked with signing Luciano Becchio from Norwich City, but is there another Canaries star they should push to bring back in the summer?

Leeds United have been linked with a raid on Norwich City to bring back popular striker Luciano Becchio.

The forward was allowed to leave the Canaries once this season for Rotherham, only to see his spell cut short by an ankle injury days before he was due to face Leeds.

Signing the Argentine would be a popular move, but considering his lack of regular football over the past two years - the impact he would be able to make is unclear.

One player who would be even more of a coup for Leeds to bring back would be his Norwich teammate Jonny Howson.

  PositionTeamKey PassesPassing AccuracyGoalsAssistsAppearancesMins Played
Jonny Howson MF Norwich 16 85% 3 3 15 1,184

It was with much regret that Leeds allowed the academy star and captain to leave the club for Norwich in 2012.

Still only 26-years-old, he has bounced back from an injury delayed start to the season to make a positive impact for Norwich this campaign, scoring three goals and creating three more.

Howson would be the ideal player to help young stars Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt in their development, and be an instant upgrade on midfielder Tomasso Bianchi.

Signing him this January will not be possible due to the transfer embargo placed on the club by the Football League, with Norwich unlikely to sanction a loan deal.

Yet if Howson sees Becchio heading back, he could be tempted himself - and Neil Redfearn would do well to persuade owner Massimo Cellino that Howson represents a far better option than an unproven commodity from Serie B.

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